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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Julia Shanks
Julia Shanks
The Farmer's Office by Julia Shanks

Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks
February 25, 2018
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
30 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine
$100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm.

This full-day workshop is designed to help established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. It is best suited for those with at least one year of farming or similar experience. The goals of the workshop are to plan for profit, examine YOUR farm enterprises, better understand financial statements and learn about recordkeeping.

Instructor Julia Shanks is the author of "The Farmer's Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business." She works with farmers throughout New England to develop bookkeeping systems and manage their businesses for profitability and growth.

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Is soy good for your health?
Medical News Today - 12/30/2017.
By Megan Metropulos, MS, RDN and Megan Ware, RDN, LD - There is some controversy surrounding the possible health benefits and risks of consuming soy, especially soy that has been genetically modified.
American land barons: 100 wealthy families now own nearly as much land as that of New England
The Washington Post - 12/21/2017.
By Christopher Ingraham - The federal government is by far the nation's biggest land owner, holding 640 million acres of purple mountains, fruited plains and amber waves of grain in the name of the American public. But over the past decade, the nation's wealthiest private landowners have been laying claim to ever-larger tracts of the countryside, according to data compiled by the Land Report, a magazine about land ownership in America.
Rotten Eggs: USDA Reverses Organic Animal Welfare Policy
Naked Capitalism - 12/17/2017.
By Jerri-Lynn Scofield - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a new rule on Friday that shelves a previous rule that would have set minimal living conditions for hens that produce eggs certified as "USDA Organic." Under this new rule, chickens that produce organic eggs need not be treated any more humanely than those raised on factory farms.
Do we have the wrong model of human nature?
Resource Insights - 12/17/2017.
By Kurt Cobb - Are we wrong to believe that competitiveness must and always will be the central animating principle of human action? Media studies scholar Michael Karlberg thinks so. In fact, he believes that another animating principle, mutualism, is both central to human interaction and necessary to aid human society in meeting the myriad challenges it faces regarding climate change, inequality, governance, education and many other issues.
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